- Resort type: City resort
- Landscape: Broadleaf Forest, Oceanfront, Riverside, Coniferous Forest
- What to do: Cycling, Golf, Natural Parks & Reserves, Boat Trips, Historical & Architectural Monuments, Gliding & Paragliding, Yachting & Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, Zoos
Poitou-Charentes is the administrative centre in the southwest of France. Its capital city is Poitiers. The most interesting cities for the tourists are La Rochelle, Niort, Saintes, Rochefort, Cognac and Royan.
The Atlantic coast of Charente-Maritime with its main cities La Rochelle and Royan is one of the most popular touristic destinations. The tourists who want to relax on a white sandy beach and swim in a warm sea should choose Concurrence Beach, Chatelaillon Beach or Conche Beach. There is everything for a comfortable holiday for kids and adults. The active tourists can try different water activities such as diving, stand up paddle surfing, water skiing and sailing. The tourists can also go on sea cruises and boat tours in the open sea.
Poitou-Charentes is also a good destination for the excursion tourism as there are many amazing historical and architectural monuments. The hallmark of Poitou-Charentes is Abbey Church Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe also known as the Roman Sistine Chapel under UNESCO protection.
Do not miss a unique chance to visit Notre-Dame la Grande in Poitiers, Oiron Renaissance castle and legendary Fort Boyard. We recommend you go on a boat ride along the canals of the “Green Venice” of Poitou-Charentes. This is a nickname of Marais Poitevin, a unique area of marshland.
The active tourists can play golf and bowling, ride segways or bikes, try paragliding, kayaking or canoeing.
Poitou-Charentes is an ideal place for the tourists with children. There is a huge Zoo Valley of Apes, La Rochelle Aquarium and a fantastic Futuroscope Park.